1. Writing notes to your mum and dad begging them to let you please get a hamster. Twitter: @sarahcanipe13 They said no for ages, but eventually they gave in. 2. That first, glorious trip to the pet shop to choose your hammie from a pile of smol fluffs in a glass tank. Twitter: @_jennidizon I'll take 'em all! 3. And being so excited to bring your new pal home. Twitter: @dotttiejames Their fur was the softest thing. 4. Picking out a cage you hoped your new friend would love. myposhpet.co.uk Yours probably wasn't this big tbh, but this was the one you wanted. 5. And having fantasies of turning your room into a hamster kingdom. thestudentroom.co.uk Imagine how cool this would be. 6. Spending ages coming up with the perfect name. uk.pinterest.com Snowball, absolute classic hamster name. 7. Dealing with the agony of your first hamster bite. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com They can be kind of vicious as well as being super cute. 8. The insane noise your hamster made running on its wheel at night. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF giphy.com It was so bad sometimes you had to put the cage out on the landing so you could get some sleep. 9. Watching your hamster bowling about the living room in its ball. Twitter: @MsRsStars_LDSB It looked so fun. 10. The terrifying moment when you realised Hammie had escaped. Twitter: @suefit35 They were the most incredible houdinis, who seemed to be able to prize open their cage using just their tiny paws. 11. And the joy when you finally found them. Twitter: @KeeferDunn You heard horror stories of people who never found their missing ham. 12. When they stuffed their cheeks full of food and looked all funny. Twitter: @JeffTreppel 13. Like really funny. Twitter: @JoshuaSedlack Hey greedy. 14. Being made to clean out your hamster's cage by your mum on Saturday morning. Twitter: @ambeartaylor 15. Putting your hamster in a container just because it was the cutest thing. Becky Barnicoat / BuzzFeed 16. The absolute cutest thing. Twitter: @sehunsanti 17. The slightly tense relationship between your other, bigger pets and lil' Ham. Twitter: @Jellistar_art 18. Letting them snuggle in your pocket like they were a joey and you were a kangaroo. Twitter: @hamster_label76 19. And having them climb all over you while you were chilling out watching telly. Twitter: @betterforshawn 20. And the unfortunate moment when it all got a bit much for them. Twitter: @kimlaugh1 21. Their gorgeous ears, which sometimes had a little nick in them. Twitter: @Monika_kamila17 Their ears really are the most precious thing. 22. Their tiny hand on your finger. Twitter: @meganfairy 23. And that sad, sad day when it finally came which you honoured in your own way. Twitter: @xo_cora Sweet Hammie, gone but not forgotten.